Putin says under-fire Blatter deserves Nobel Prize

Johannesburg, Dec.17 (ANI): Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, on Thursday said that suspended FIFA chief Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his immense contribution to the world soccer.

Putin said that Blatter’s contribution to the global humanitarian sphere was colossal and he should be given the Nobel Peace Prize, Sport24 reported.

79-year-old Blatter along with his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini are currently serving a 90-day provisional ban handed by FIFA’s ethics committee over claims that the latter had received a ‘disloyal payment’ of 1.35 million pounds from the outgoing president in 2011.

Blatter, who was re-elected as the football chief for a fifth term in May, will leave his post when his successor will be appointed in February 2016. (ANI)

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